February 17, 2020

Obedience brings blessing

Written by Nancy Hostetter

As a new follower of Jesus Christ in my early 20s, I was drawn to missionaries when they visited my church. A short-term mission trip led to a discipleship training program which led to meeting my husband of 30 years, Michael. We decided to divide the first three years of marriage by living six months in Chile and six months in Richmond, Va. As our family grew, we chose to plant ourselves in Puerto Montt, Chile.

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Restoring life

Gibby Mane, pastor of the Catel Mennonite Church in Guinea-Bissau was visiting his in-laws in a village 5 miles from the church. During this trip, Gibby quickly became aware of a young man, named Milo, who was suffering from an overdose of alcohol.


Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

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February 13, 2020

Groundbreaking kicks off renovations on North Prince Street

Written by Micah Brickner

LANCASTER, Pa. — Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) and 300 attendees celebrated the beginning of the renovations of 450 North Prince Street on Sunday, February 9. EMM is eager to move its administrative offices into this new space, which will allow them to continue their global ministry while engaging the local Lancaster community through a cross-cultural hospitality center. The drop-in reception and ceremony provided an opportunity for people to explore the building, view renderings of the renovated space, and ask for God’s blessing on the project.

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February 10, 2020

Obedience = risk and humility

Written by Janelle Neff

Asher started second grade in the fall. For most second graders, starting school is a familiar process. They may return to the school where they went to first grade and might know the other kids in their classes. They may be a bit nervous about their teacher or disappointed to end vacation but overall not feel too overwhelmed. Asher’s first day of second grade felt a bit different from that.

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February 4, 2020

Love-driven obedience

Written by Lorri Bentch

In a culture that prizes independence and freedom from restraint, obedience sounds confining, even oppressive. It implies doing something I don’t want to do just because of a command from a person in authority. Children know that the most unsatisfying answer to the question “But why do I have to?” is “Because I said so.” As parents, we wish for that answer to be enough; we wish that our children would trust in our wisdom and love for them and know that obedience is for their good.

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SALUNGA, Pa. — “Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God?” is a perennial question that has led to much division in Christian theological circles. Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) global consultant Dr. David W. Shenk was invited to share his ministry reflections on this question in an October 2019 publication called Do Christians, Jews, and Muslims worship the same God?: Four views.

CATEL, Guinea-Bissau — “Yahweh, Yahweh,” sung with jubilant exultation ricocheted off the stucco walls of the modest Bissau-Guinean Mennonite meetinghouse. Dressed in colorful, traditional West African attire, participants at the annual conference of Mennonite Church West Africa (MCWA) celebrated the growing interest of Christocentric theology throughout the region.

January 27, 2020

A year’s wages

Written by Betsy Stewart

Obedience is rarely what I think. When I say yes to God, I assume the story will take a particular turn or that He is concerned about a specific outcome, only to find new and different treasures He has in store for me. Maybe this is why obedience may cause confusion, disorientation, and pain. But it also brings beauty.

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Obedience is beautiful

In 2017, Betsy Stewart said “yes” to Jesus and went to Kenya for 6 months. Betsy’s term with EMM was spent at the Amani Gardens Inn in Nairobi, where she served as a hostess to guests who were traveling through the country. Betsy’s “yes” to Jesus was a “yes” to learning more about Kenya and its people — a place Betsy had visited several times before. But this kind of call wasn’t difficult for Betsy to obey.


Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, January 25, 2020.

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Names are significant

Names are significant in the Dinka culture in South Sudan. Nicky Hess, who served as an EMM worker from 2016 to 2019 learned that early on when she was trying to learn the names of students and people from the community.


Focus is a weekly 3 minute radio program which airs on WDAC (94.5 fm) on Saturdays at 8:55 p.m. This program aired on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

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